- Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera
Rossini: Il Barbiere di Sivigliaby Claudio Abbado
"Give me a laundry list," Rossini once boasted, "and I will set it to music." Without a doubt, he had a lot more than that to work with when he wrote The Barber of Seville, but it's still incredible to think that it took the 23-year-old maestro only 20 days to compose the world's most beloved comic opera. Surprisingly enough, at its Rome premiere in 1816, the opera was a flop. This proved a fluke, however, and it has been continually delighting audiences ever since, making it the oldest opera never to have fallen out of the repertory. This frenzied comic romp -- with the same set of characters as Mozart's Marriage of Figaro -- requires a virtuoso cast to carry it off, and this one is certainly up to the task, with the classy Spanish mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza in the role of Rosina, an ardent Luigi Alva as her suitor, and the German baritone Hermann Prey as the energetic Barber. The recording is one of conductor Claudio Abbado's early efforts and one of his most successful. So, to paraphrase the famous tongue-twister aria, "Largo al factotum" -- make way for Figaro!
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- Deutsche Grammophon
Performance CreditsClaudio Abbado Conductor
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